Fort Stamford Park may just be one of my new favorite spots to photograph engagement sessions! Originally Mallory and Joe had wanted to do some of their portraits here on their upcoming wedding day, but instead chose to do their engagement photos at the beautiful gardens of this park! We lucked out with the most beautiful late summer glow from the sunset, which peeked through the trees as the sun got closer to the horizon. Arturo and I had a blast spending time with Joe and Mallory while hearing all about their wedding plans!
Joe proposed to Mallory in late March earlier this year. He had gotten out of work and asked Mallory to come over to his house. Being that he usually tinkers around the garage after he arrives home from work before taking a shower, Mallory found it a bit odd that Joe was already showered and ready to head out when she arrived. The two decided to take a walk at the local beach, stopping along the marina. It was the same spot where Joe's family always had picnics as he was growing up, and he explained to Mallory that it held a special place in his heart where he hoped to do the same with their own children one day! A family of ducks was nearby, so Joe tried his best to convince Mallory to walk over to them to get a closer look. After a bit of hesitation she turned to look at the birds, and when she turned back, Joe was down on one knee asking her to marry him! Mallory's jaw dropped and she exclaimed, "YES!" before he could even finish his proposal!
These two are getting married in May and celebrating their wedding day at one of our favorite venues, Whitby Castle in Rye, New York! Mallory and Joe, we know your day is going to be an absolute blast!
When did you know you'd found "the one"?
Mallory: "When I was 16 I saw Joe at church dropping off his brother to CCD classes. I turned around to my friend who knew Joe from school, so she said, "I'll introduce you one day." The day came where I was introduced to Joe at his house where he was doing an engine swap on his Jeep. Right then and there I knew I'd found the one. He was so sweet, funny and extremely smart! Throughout the years he would create things in his garage and have me come over to show me and it just made me fall in love with him more and more. Twelve years later we were spending time together almost every day, and he asked me to be his girlfriend!"
Joe: "It's as simple as asking her to help me out in the garage to sort nuts and bolts. What woman would ever want to do that?! I knew right there that she was the one."
What's one thing you love about your partner?
Mallory: "His giggles and laughs. He has such great ideas and makes them appear from just a brainstorm."
Joe: "One thing I truly love about her is that no matter what happens she is always there."
What's one thing you're looking forward to about marriage?
Mallory: "Having a family together, growing old together, and experiencing life with my best friend and soulmate by my side."
Joe: "Growing a family and going through life with my best friend."
I hope you enjoyed this Fort Stamford Park engagement session! Do you know Mallory and Joe? Show them some love by commenting below!
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